Spring skiing gets green light

SO WINTER is over. Perhaps it’s been more than enough. Skiing is still possible, but it has a bit of a springy character to it. Due to the temperature changes the quality of the snow is fickle – in the morning it’s still hard and frozen but then it changes to mush during the heat of the day. Skiing gets more difficult in heavy snow like this, so don’t forget regular breaks and drink lots of liquids.

SO WINTER is over. Perhaps it’s been more than enough. Skiing is still possible, but it has a bit of a springy character to it. Due to the temperature changes the quality of the snow is fickle – in the morning it’s still hard and frozen but then it changes to mush during the heat of the day. Skiing gets more difficult in heavy snow like this, so don’t forget regular breaks and drink lots of liquids.

The weather will be favourable on the slopes for all lovers of spring skiing. It is expected to be sunny and quite warm. During the night, temperatures will fall slightly below freezing and then could reach 5 to 9 degrees at elevations of 1,500 metres during the day. Centres located in lower elevations will probably close their seasons but in the High and Low Tatras skiing will probably be available until the end of April.

It will also be interesting to watch whether there will be a new Slovak record for the depth of the snow blanket. On March 17, 1939 the current record was established at the Štefánik hut below Ďumbier, with 429 cm of snow. At the moment, the highest inhabited place in Slovakia, Lomnický peak, has as much as 410 cm of snow.

With Easter holidays under way, this is an ideal opportunity to finish your ski season. The centres are attracting customers with various special packages including both accommodation and ski passes for excellent prices. So it’s good to watch the updates on their web pages for both special offers and ski conditions as there is the possibility that during the working week some lifts will not be in operation because of the low number of visitors.

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